Call for Proposals to Host WIPIP 2019

The Organizing Board for the Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium seeks proposals from law schools interested in hosting WIPIP 2019. The WIPIP Colloquium will be held in early 2019 with the specific date determined by the school selected to host.

If you’d like to submit a proposal, please visit the links below this email for more information.

Proposals to host WIPIP 2019 should be sent to me ( no later than Friday, December 1, 2017. The Board will make its decision later in December.

Don’t forget that WIPIP 2018 will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Friday and Saturday, February 16–17, 2018. You can submit an abstract for the 2018 conference at We hope to see you there!

Best regards,
Paul Gugliuzza, on behalf of the WIPIP Organizing Board (Aaron Perzanowski, Zahr Said, Bob Brauneis, and Brian Love)

A short memo explaining what information to include in the proposal:

Historical information about WIPIP and its prior hosts (clicking on the school names will, in some cases, take you to logistical information and conference schedules from prior years):

CFP: 2018 Works-in-Progress IP Colloquium

CFP: 2018 Works-in-Progress IP Colloquium

February 16–17, 2018
Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Basic Information


Join us for the 15th annual WIPIP Colloquium hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. This is one of the largest academic conferences on intellectual property law, bringing together scholars from the United States and around the world. The colloquium provides scholars with a forum to present works-in-progress and to receive early feedback from colleagues.

Accepted abstracts will be posted to the conference website. Non-presenting attendees are also welcome to register subject to space.

CFP: PatCon 8, The Annual Patent Conference

Call for Papers:  PatCon 8, The Annual Patent Conference

March 2–3, 2018
University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Basic Information

  • Conference Website:  forthcoming
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:  Friday, December 15, 2017
    Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to
  • Notification of Acceptance:  Friday, December 22, 2018
  • Final Abstracts Due:  Friday, February 23, 2018
    (If you have a full paper and/or powerpoint you would be willing to post, we would appreciate them as well for CLE purposes—but they are not required.)


The Patent Conference (“PatCon”) is an interdisciplinary forum where scholars from the fields of law, economics, business, public health, history & philosophy of science, engineering, and other disciplines can share their research. In addition, PatCon stands out in its commitment to including judges, USPTO personnel, and members of industry in order to encourage applications of scholarship in the wider world.

The Patent Conference is a cooperative effort among Boston College Law School (David Olson), the University of Kansas School of Law (Andrew Torrance), Northwestern University School of Law (David Schwartz), and the University of San Diego School of Law (Ted Sichelman).

Feel free to contact Ted Sichelman with any questions at We hope to see you at PatCon 8!





NUSL/Copyright Soc’y Panel—Social Influencers: Copyright, Publicity & Social Media Contracting

NUSL/Copyright Soc’y Panel—Social Influencers: Copyright, Publicity & Social Media Contracting

Monday, October 30, 2017, 5:30–7 pm
Dockser Hall Room 250
Northeastern University School of Law
65 Forsythe Street, Boston, MA

Basic Information


You know social influencers – people who have established credibility and a following on social media to persuade others to click, read, and buy.  They offer advice, reviews and personal feedback to inform everyday consumption and purchases on-line.  Who are these people? How do they develop their career? How do they form business relationships with brands and services? And what does intellectual property and internet law have to do with it?

Come hear attorney Amanda Schreyer and influencer agent from Influence Central Maria Guerra speak about this new and important feature of law, business and society today.


  • Amanda Schreyer, Esq., Morse Barnes
  • Maria Guerra, Executive VP, Influence Central

Co-Sponsored by CSUSA’s New England Chapter and Northeastern’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity

Light refreshments will be served.

Third Annual Greg Lastowka Memorial Lecture

Third Annual Greg Lastowka Memorial Lecture

Monday, November 6, 2017
Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL)
Rutgers Law School
217 North Fifth Street
Camden, NJ 08102



4 p.m. Lecture Room E403
5:30 p.m. Reception on the Bridge
Music by: The Underhills

About the Speaker

Kevin Werbach
Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
The Blockchain Game: How the Virtual World Turned into the Real World

About the Lecture

Professor Greg Lastowka (1968-2015) will be remembered for his inquiry into how people innovate, create, and produce cultural capital though playful exploration. Greg’s pathbreaking scholarship in the areas of copyright, trademark, cyberproperty, video games, and virtual worlds was interdisciplinary. It forged new fields and impacted cultural studies, media studies, and computer science, as well as law. As engaged as he was in diverse disciplines, Greg was also interested in diverse modes of production. He asked in many ways and about many subjects, how law and institutions interact with imaginative play. The annual Greg Lastowka Memorial Project will honor this inquiry with innovative presentations and explorations that reflect Greg’s serious purpose and sense of fun.

CFP: We Robot 2018

We Robot 2018

April 12–14, 2018
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, California

Basic Information

  • Conference Website:
  • Abstracts/Proposals are due by 5pm Pacific Time on November 6, 2017
  • Submissions will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be delivered on December 11, 2017
  • Final papers (or definitive deliverable if a project) are due no later than March 1, 2018


We invite submissions for the seventh annual robotics law and policy conference—We Robot 2018—to be held at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California on April 12-14, 2018. In past years, the conference has been held at University of Miami School of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Yale Law School. The conference website is

We Robot fosters conversations between those who research, design, or influence the legal and social structures in which robots operate and those that design, build, and deploy robots. We encourage contributions resulting from interdisciplinary collaborations, such as those between roboticists, legal, ethical, economic, social science and policy scholars.

Qualified submissions include scholarly paper abstracts, detailed outlines of robotics demos, and expressions of interest in being a discussant.  Other creative proposals are welcome. We Robot favors proposals (written scholarship and relevant demos) that are a collaboration between law/policy scholars and technologists.  This year we are particularly interested in submissions exploring the interface between the digital and physical world.

Scholarly Papers

Scholarly papers are academic works presented by a discussant instead of the author(s). Topics of interest for the scholarly paper portion of the conference will tend to focus on the interaction between robots and social structures and include, but are not limited to:

  • The interface between the digital and the physical.
  • Positive or negative impacts of robotics on vulnerable populations.
  • Inclusion and diversity in the field of robotics and robotics law and policy.
  • Law/policy considerations in the evaluation or enhancement of security and safety in publicly accessible or public facing robots.

These are only some examples of relevant topics. We are very interested in papers on other topics driven by actual or probable robot deployments. The purpose of this conference is to help set a research agenda relating to the deployment of robots in society, to inform policy-makers of the issues, and to help design legal rules that will maximize diversity and minimize exclusion arising from the increased deployment of robots in society. Papers are selected on a blind basis by an interdisciplinary program committee.


Proposals for demonstrations may be purely descriptive and designer/builders will be asked to present their work themselves. We’d like to hear about your latest innovations, what’s on the drawing board for the next generations of robots, or about legal and policy issues you have encountered in the design or deploy process.


We also invite expressions of interest from potential discussants. Every paper accepted will be assigned a discussant who will present and comment on the paper. Because it is an expectation at We Robot that our audience is in fact a larger group of participants who have read the papers as a precondition of attendance, these presentations will be very brief (no more than 15 minutes) and will consist mostly of making a few points critiquing the author’s paper to kick off the conversation. Authors will then respond briefly (no more than 5 minutes). The rest of the session will consist of a group discussion with the discussant acting as a moderator, whose role is to encourage and promote diverse, inclusive, and active participation from our audience.

Scholarly Paper Prizes

The program committee will select an “Overall Best Paper” and a “Best Paper” submitted by an early career academic.   The prize for each award is $2,000.   Scholarly papers are only eligible if submitted in a timely fashion (see timeline below) and “early career academic” is defined as a scholar with a full-time appointment but less than three years teaching experience as of the abstract submission deadline.

How to Submit Your Proposal – Abstract Submission Deadline is November 6, 2017

  • Abstracts/Proposals are due by 5pm Pacific Time on November 6, 2017 *
  • Submissions will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be delivered on December 11, 2017
  • Final papers (or definitive deliverable if a project) are due no later than March 1, 2018

Submit Proposal

It may be informative to review past conference content and selected papers.  You can view past We Robot conference details (including selected papers and projects) here:

* Please note that the November 6, 2017 submission deadline requires an abstract (with or without additional materials or explanation) or a detailed proposal and does not require the final paper or submission of the completed project.

For most accepted papers/projects, we anticipate paying reasonable round-trip domestic or international coach airfare and providing hotel accommodation for presenters and discussants.

2017 IP Dealmakers Forum

2017 IP Dealmakers Forum

November 15-17, 2017
The IP Investment Institute
Apella Event Space
450 East 29th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Basic Information

  • Conference Website:
  • CLE:  The IP Dealmakers Forum has been submitted for approval for Continuing Legal Education hours. The number of CLE credit hours approved will vary from state to state.
  • Cost:  Regular, Single Ticket $1,895.00 (USD); Regular, Group Ticket (For 3+ Tickets) $1,795.00 (USD)


The IP Dealmakers Forum is organized by The IP Investment Institute, LLC and its partners Wendy Chou and Eric Salvarezza.

In just a few short years, the IP Dealmakers Forum has become the definitive gathering of complex IP monetization experts and public and private market investors, and the must-attend event of the year. Capped at 200 pre-approved attendees, the forum attracts an elite set of IP market participants from across the globe.

Topics and speakers are developed and vetted by top industry advisors, resulting in an annual program that addresses the most pertinent challenges and opportunities in the industry. Attendees have ample opportunities to connect, exchange information and best practices, and, most importantly, further dealmaking during our signature one-to-one meetings.

Past keynotes have included Jay Walker, Founder of Priceline and Executive Chairman of Patent Properties and TEDMED, and Edward Jung, Intellectual Ventures Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and former Chief Architect of Microsoft.

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Lulin Gao, China’s State IP Office Founding Commissioner

Confirmed Speakers

  • Valerie Calloway—Alltech, Chief IP Counsel
  • Elvir Causevic—Houlihan Lokey, Managing Director
  • Kimberly Klein Cauthorn—Willis Towers Watson, IP Leader
  • Michael Dansky—BRG-Capstone, Managing Director
  • Paul Davis—Xperi, General Counsel
  • Yann Dietrich—France Brevets, Senior VP Licensing & IP Counsel
  • Abha Divine—Techquity, Founder & Managing Director
  • Chris Dubuc—Longhorn IP, Managing Partner
  • Jose Esteves—Skadden, Partner
  • Alfred Fabricant—Brown Rudnick, Head of IP Litigation
  • Aaron Fahrenkrog—Robins Kaplan, Partner
  • Michael Friedman—Hilco IP Merchant Banking, CEO
  • Michael Gulliford—Soryn Capital, Founder & Managing Principal
  • Hon. James Holderman (ret.), former U.S. District Court Chief Judge
  • David Kappos—Cravath Swaine, Partner & former USPTO Director
  • Ashley Keller—Burford Capital, Managing Director
  • Edward Kelly—Ropes & Gray, Partner
  • Matt Larson—Bloomberg Intelligence, Tech Litigation Analyst
  • Ian McClure—University of Kentucky, Director, Office of Technology Commercialization
  • Dan McCurdy—Quatela Lynch McCurdy, Partner
  • Luke McLeroy—Avanci, VP, Business Development
  • William Merritt—InterDigital, President & CEO
  • Hon. Paul Michel (ret.), former Chief Judge of CAFC
  • John Mulgrew—Uber, Global Head of IP
  • Suzanne Munck—Federal Trade Commission, Chief Counsel for IP
  • William New—Intellectual Property Watch, Editor-in-Chief
  • Michael Nicolas—Longford Capital, Co-Founder & Managing Director
  • James Palmer—Fortress Investment Group, Director
  • Michael Petracci—GE Licensing & Technology Ventures, Managing Director
  • David Pridham—Dominion Harbor Group, CEO
  • Courtney Quish—Rovi Corporation, VP, Patent Strategy
  • Michael Renaud—Mintz Levin, Head of IP Section
  • Matteo Sabattini—Ericsson, Director, IPR Policy
  • Michael Shore—Shore Chan DePumpo, Partner
  • Jamie Simpson—US Senate, Counsel Detailee
  • Jim Skippen—WiLAN, President & CEO
  • Wayne Sobon—Juul Labs, VP of Intellectual Property
  • Erich Spangenberg—SK14 Advisors S.a.r.l., Managing Director
  • Boris Teksler—Conversant IP, President & CEO
  • Dick Thurston—Duane Morris, Of Counsel
  • Marco Tong—ZTE, Senior Licensing Director
  • Gerhard Tschiedel—Siemens AG, Senior Licensing Counsel
  • Marian Underweiser—IBM, Senior Counsel
  • Jon Wood—Bridgestone Americas, Executive Director of Innovation & Collaboration
  • Bill Yuen—Brickell Key Asset Management, CEO

Texas A&M Symposium: AI and the Legal Profession

Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession

Organized by the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law

October 20, 2017, 8:30am–3:30pm
Texas A&M School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas

Basic Information

  • Symposium Website:
  • CLE:  4.25 credit hours available (Texas)
  • Supported by:  Dallas Bar Association Science & Technology Section


8:30–9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am Opening Remarks
9:15–10:00am What AI Is (and Is Not)
Harry Surden, University of Colorado Law School
Brian Holland, Texas A&M University School of Law
10:00–10:45am AI and Governance
Jim Shook, Dell EMC
Milan Markovic, Texas A&M University School of Law

Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law

10:45–11:00 Break
11:00–11:45 AI and Access to Legal Information
Brian Sheppard, Seton Hall University School of Law
Aaron Retteen, Texas A&M University School of Law

Brian Holland, Texas A&M University School of Law

11:45–1:00 Lunch
1:00–1:45 The Ethical Implications of AI
David Hricik, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Jan Jacobowitz, University of Miami School of Law

Susan Fortney, Texas A&M University School of Law

1:45–2:00pm Break
2:00–3:15pm AI in the Field
John Browning, Passman & Jones, PC
Ronald Chichester, Ronald Chichester, PC
Matthew Scherer, Littler Mendelson, PC
Mark Unger, The Unger Law Firm, PC

Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law

3:15pm Closing Remarks

GW Law Fall 2017 A. Sidney Katz Lecture—Richard Linn

GW Law Fall 2017 A. Sidney Katz Lecture—Richard Linn

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Faculty Conference Center, Burns 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20052

Basic Information


Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host The Honorable Richard Linn, a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Judge Linn was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1999, after more than 20 years in private practice. He is a past president of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, a member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, a visiting member of the Hon. William C. Conner American Inn of Court, and an honorary lifetime member of the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court. For the Katz Lecture, Judge Linn will reflect on his experience and perspective as a Federal Circuit Judge and a member of the patent law profession.

The A. Sidney Katz Lecture, held twice a year at GW Law, is made possible through the generous support of the A. Sidney Katz Intellectual Property Lecture Fund.

Magic and the Law: The Science of Illusion with David Kwong

Magic and the Law: The Science of Illusion with David Kwong

Wed, October 4, 2017, 7:00 PM–9:00 PM EDT
New York Law School
Room W400
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Basic Information

  • Website:
  • Cost:  $25 general admission / Free for students
  • CLE:  1 credit will be available for lawyers in Areas of Professional Practice.


The Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School cordially invites you to attend an enchanted evening with David Kwong, one of America’s most captivating magicians!

Join us for a thrilling magic performance by David Kwong and talk-back session on copyright law and magic hosted by Professor Ari Ezra Waldman. And meet David in person after the event where he will be signing his new book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success.

1 CLE credit will be available for lawyers in Areas of Professional Practice.

About the Speaker

With his expertise in enigmas and magic, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of “puzzles and prestidigitation.”

A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and other national publications.

Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show “Blindspot.” He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film Now You See Me and recently co-created Deception, a show for ABC about a magician who joins the FBI. Other films Kwong and his Misdirectors Guild have worked on include The Imitation Game, Ant-Man, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and The Magnificent 7.

Kwong was a featured speaker at TED 2014. His talk on how human beings are “wired to solve” involved hiding secret messages in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Kwong’s book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Capti vate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success was published by Harper Business in May.

Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic.